Editorials

Snowden and the EU

The European Parliament’s defiance symbolizes the wariness of US espionage

recovery

Economy grew 0.3 percent in fourth quarter, De Guindos says

Minister presents advance figures to bolster government claims that recovery is gaining pace

LATIN AMERICA

Vigilantes take over another Michoacán municipality

Armed groups enter Nueva Italia in bid to rid city of drug cartel

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS

Ferrer in a hurry as Robredo survives Rosol test

No luck in women’s draw on first day of Australian Open

Prosecutors target son of former Catalan premier in bribery case

Jordi Pujol Ferrusola accused of selling vote during passing of law

lottery winnings

The 300 mayors with a major problem

A businessman decided to share his lottery ticket with his clients, all local leaders But when the number came up, some decided to pocket the cash rather than helping their villages

ROYAL SCANDAL

Princess Cristina’s appearance before Nóos case judge brought forward to February 8

Royal’s lawyer says infanta anxious to clear her name as soon as possible

ECONOMY

Interest rates paid by Spanish SMEs on bank loans at lowest level since July 2010

But lending to small companies remains weak, putting a drag on the recovery

DIPLOMACY

Rajoy to realize Oval Office visit dream

PM in Washington to meet Barack Obama and sell Spain’s economic recovery

Mexican abuse victims ask that Vatican be tried for crimes of state

UN committee to meet Thursday to examine historic sexual crimes covered up by Catholic Church

OPINION

A Catalan haven

Could an independent Catalonia come to be a new Liechtenstein, shielded from the EU’s norms of fiscal transparency?

BUSINESS

Changes expected down the line for Spanish cable sector

Investment funds and banks are main shareholders in sector where corporate movements are on the horizon Europe thought to favor consolidation

Court rejects Orange’s exclusive right to use the color orange

Magistrates rule in favor of rival Jazztel, which argued that France Telecom’s square brand was “banal and rudimentary”

STREET PROTEST

Burgos activists hunker down against construction project

State security secretary claims protest has been “infiltrated” by violent groups that travel around the country

INTERVIEW

“I don’t believe that this country has a 26-percent unemployment rate”

William Chislett, former correspondent in Madrid for 'The Times' and now a reputed analyst, gives his view of the crisis and how Spain's political class has handled it